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- Slow Start Leads to Blur of Bust-Outs
- Malinowski Runs Up a Stack
- Divide and Conquer Works for Wiktor
The latest Super MILLION$ title on GGPoker has been won by the Polish poker powerhouse Wiktor Malinowski, who got the better of 2019 WSOP Main Event runner-up Dario Sammartino heads-up to bank a win worth $394,852.
With some massive names at the final table, it was a thrilling race from nine players to a winner, with players such as David Peters, Ami Barer and Yuri Dzivielevski all battling hard to take the title before missing out along the way.
Let’s take a look back at what happened at the virtual felt.
Slow Start Leads to Blur of Bust-Outs
The final table of the GGPoker Super MILLION$ often kicks off at quite a pace as players bust out early in an attempt to get a chip lead. This time out, however, no early flying saw anyone crash and burn. As a result, of course, the stacks got shallow, which always leads to action.
It would be China-based ‘judd_trump’ who busted first eventually, after an hour of tense, tight-aggressive play. In the end, they were all-in with ace-queen and were called by Wiktor Malinowski’s pocket fives. A king-high board with no ace, queen or running Broadway cards spelled doom for the China-based player and sent them home for $61,387, further bumping the imperious Malinowski up the leaderboard.
It would be the British player Luke Reeves who was next out of the door, the former two-time Super MILLION$ winner exiting when his final three big blinds went into the middle with king-jack and were called then busted by Yuri Dzivielevski’s ace-king re-shove. The cruelty of a jack on the flop before an ace on the turn was only softened by a $77,468 payday for the British pro.
Malinowski Runs Up a Stack
At that stage, it was anyone’s game, but over the next three eliminations, Polish player Malinowski started to take control. Despite busting Reeves, Dzivielevski would be the next player to lose his seat when he ran into the full house of David Peters to leave the Brazilian cashing out for $97,761 soon afterwards.
Again, winning that hand did not do enough for David Peters, who was on the virtual rail too in 6th place ($123,370) when his pocket tens couldn’t win a race against Malinowski’s ace-king. When the Pole ejected Canadian player Guillaume Nolet from the event for $155,688, his ace-nine gazumped on the flop by Malinowski’s queen-nine, the latter was looking unstoppable, with 13.4 million chips, close to treble the rest of the chips on the table, which were divided between Dario Sammartino, Aleks Ponakovs and Ami Barer.
Divide and Conquer Works for Wiktor
With a massive chip lead, Malinowski put it to very good use, and was happy to see the field reduced to just two opponents without needing to so much as call a three-bet. That was because Ami Barer was busted by Aleks Ponakovs when Ponakov’s pocket sixes won a coinflip against Barer’s jack-ten, leaving the Canadian on the rail with $196,472.
Ponakovs would not last much longer, however, as his pocket queens couldn’t hold against the ace-jack of Malinowski, an ace on the turn again proving golden for the Polish player and leaving the Latvian out for a result worth $247,939.
It looked like an uphill battle for the WSOP Main Event runner-up of 2019 Dario Sammartino, and so it proved when he couldn’t pull back a chip deficit of 3.8 million to Malinowski’s 14.5 million.
Despite the disparity of stacks, the final hand was a cooler that may well have seen both stacks go into the middle even if the chips had been closer. Sammartino called off his tournament life with ace-eight but was dominated by the ace-queen of Malinowski. After the play-out brought no luck for the Italian, Sammartino won $312,889 as runner-up, while Poland’s finest player on current form banked an impressive $394,852 for dominating the final table.
GGPoker Super MILLION$ May 6th Final Table Results:
|8th||Luke Reeves||United Kingdom||$77,468|
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